Clayton residents approve $9.7 million referendum in December special election

By Kristina Pritchett | South Jersey Times
on December 09, 2014 at 9:43 PM,

CLAYTON — Borough residents headed to the school district board offices on Tuesday and approved the district's $9.7 million referendum for improvements designed by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr.

Bringing in 267 votes in favor of the referendum, the district will see improvements and upgrades to all three of the schools in the district.

Clayton Schools

"I'm very thankful to the voters for supporting the students and the future of the district," said Clayton Superintendent David Lindenmuth.

The approved projects include a roof replacement at both the high school and middle school, an addition of a 750-seat auditorium, technology infrastructure at all three schools, a new football field stadium lighting and a new gym floor at Herma Simmons Elementary School.

"We're hoping to get started as soon as we can," Lindemuth said about the projects.

"We're going to get the bid specifications ready and get the ball rolling."

Because the voters approved the one-question referendum, the district will receive $2.1 million in debt service aid, lowering the costs for voters to $7.5 million.

"The projects will definitely benefit the students in the district for years to come," Lindemuth said.

"We're excited about the future of the district."

Out of the 5,255 registered voters in the borough, 513 of the voters turned out to the special election on Tuesday, with 246 of the residents voting against the referendum.

For a homeowner in the district, with an average assessed home value of $154,000, their taxes will increase by $99.95.



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